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Professionalism in Your New Career After College

As You Begin Your New Career

  • Be enthusiastic and positive!
  • Take the time to meet others and learn about the organization.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions! Listen and learn.

Make a Good Impression with Your Employer and Coworkers

  • Be polite and professional to everyone.
  • Minimize involvement in office gossip and politics.
  • Express your emotions appropriately. Always keep your cool.
  • Observe proper business etiquette and office protocol at all times including dress codes, dating policy, use of office materials, etc.
  • Have good attendance, and be punctual.

Focus on your Performance

  • If you have completed tasks, look or ask for more things to do.
  • Limit your personal business at the office.
  • Build upon your strengths, develop new skills, and complement your weaknesses.
  • Learn how to work with different people.
  • Develop a work plan with your supervisor. Set up a time to meet for regular evaluations.
  • Be willing to participate and try new projects, but don't overstep your authority.
  • Be receptive to feedback.

Build a Solid Reputation

  • Keep your promises and meet deadlines.
  • Take responsibility for your actions. If you make a mistake admit it, learn from it, and move on.
  • Develop a reputation for courtesy, loyalty, honesty, and fairness.
  • Show initiative - be willing to do more than is asked of you.
  • If you have developed these skills through previous work experience and internships, you will be prepared!